Free & Cheap Events August 13-15: Pirate's Paradise, Latin Jazz Festival, Filipino Festival

Summer’s winding down… make the most of remaining warm weather fun! All events are free admission unless noted.


Bluemont Concert Series: Guy Mendilow Band – ($5 per person, $4 Bluemont Friends & seniors, $2 kids under 12) Friday 7pm; Hanover Arts and Activities Center Lawn, 500 South Center Street, Ashland

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Night Sky & Sky Watch – Friday 7:30pm; Montpelier Center for Arts & Education
The Richmond Astronomical Society (RAS) is offering a presentation on the night sky. After the presentation, there will be a SkyWatch on the lawn. SkyWatch includes a viewing of the night sky through high-powered telescopes with an experienced skywatcher as your guide. This is an opportunity for Western Hanover residents to experience astronomy in their own backyard as RAS is the organization that hosts this popular event at the Science Museum of Virginia. Don’t forget your lawn chair!

Movies on the Avenues: Hotel for Dogs – Friday 8:30pm; Westhampton School Playing Fields, 5800 Patterson Avenue at Maple Avenue
Roll back the clocks as you stroll the neighborhood with family and friends. Shop, eat, explore and join us for a free movie night on the big screen. Pre-movie activities include shopping from local merchants, darn good food and beverages, and lots of fun. As the sun goes down, bring your blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for an old-fashioned family movie night. Shopping and activities start at 6. Richmond band the Illbillys will play from 6-7:30pm.

Friday Pictures in the Park: Fame – Friday 8:30pm; Chimborazo Park, 2900 East Grace Street
Free movies in city parks and community centers with free popcorn and cotton candy, hosted by Richmond Parks & Recreation


filipino festival

Filipino Festival – Saturday 10am to 8pm; Our Lady of Lourdes church, 8200 Woodman Rd
Experience the Philippines! A celebration of the richness of the Filipino culture. Features authentic Filipino cuisine, Filipino dances like tinikling (bamboo dance) and Pandanggo sa Ilaw (Dance of Lights), Sayaw sa Bangko (Bench dance), music and games. Free admission, fee for food. More info on RVANews!

Pirate’s Paradise – Saturday 10am to 1pm; Deep Run Park
For all ages. SHIVER ME TIMBERS! It’s a pirate’s life for me! Enjoy a day of everything pirate at Deep Run Park. Be prepared to walk the plank, venture on a hunt to search for pirate’s treasure, get temporary airbrush tattoos, have your face painted, make pirate crafts, or maybe even meet Blackbeard himself! Bring the kids in their best pirate attire for costume contests and games. Get ready for life on the high seas with authentic pirate tunes and sea chanteys performed by The Press Gang. You won’t want to miss this pirate-themed day of fun! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: Alicia Boggs, 290-0305.

shockoe chef showdown

Shockoe Chef Showdown – Saturday 11am-4pm; 17th Street Farmers Market
If you love watching cooking competition shows, you won’t want to miss Shockoe Chef Showdown – Pits chefs from Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom against each other in three dish heats: meat-based, vegetarian-based, and dessert. Samples will be available for purchase.

Latin Jazz Festival – Saturday 11am-7pm; Dogwood Dell
The last event of this summer’s Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts! Featuring a variety of live Latin entertainment and presentations. This festival will leave you wanting more! Join us for a “live” Conga Jam Session featuring some of the areas finest Latin percussionists. Entertainment including: “El Gran Meñique,” Eddie Ortiz and his La Ro-mana Orchestra, Jose Lorenzo, Timbason La Original, Gio & Clara Toro’s Salsa, 4Life, Tanya Gonzalez’s (AHAR) La Mezcla Que Baila, David Prado’s Richmond Salsa Meetup

richmond kickers family fest

Kickers Family Fest – ($10 per family before 6pm) Saturday 4pm to 9pm; River City Stadium
The festival will feature live music by local musicians, food, arts and crafts, inflatables, video games, face-painting, Petting Zoo and train rides and the largest inflatable obstacle course in Central Virginia, presented by Bounce 2 the Moon! In addition, join the U-TURN Soccer Zone on the field and participate in small-sided soccer games, juggle-a-thons and soccer drills throughout the day. The Richmond Kickers pro soccer game highlights the event as the Kickers host the Real Maryland Monarchs at 7:00 pm. (Full admission price applies if arriving after 6pm)


Movie in the Garden: E.T. sponsored by Ellwood’s & Tricycle Gardens – Saturday starting around 8pm; Humphrey Calder Community Garden (corner of Thompson and Patterson)
No need to RSVP, just bring lawn chairs, blankets and pillows, we’ll provide the refreshments! Come around 8:00pm and we’ll start the movie as soon as the sun goes down! Oh yeah…we’re showing Steven Spielberg’s E.T.!


Walkerton Summer Concert Series – Sunday 6pm; Walkerton Tavern
For all ages. Light-hearted, fun, and free! Enjoy concerts on the lawn by some of the finest local concert bands, entertaining with a great variety of music from show tunes to classical adaptations. In case of inclement weather, the concerts may be cancelled. Information: Cindy Rinker, 261-6898.

Music in the Park: The Atkinsons – Sunday 6-8pm; Forest Hill Park
Alternative country rock

Additionally – it is another Fee-Free Weekend at National Parks on Saturday and Sunday!

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